What qualifies a restaurant as a must-eat?

This list is unofficial dining critic, Teniesha Biagas’ (lol) answer to that question. They are what she believes to be the best local restaurants in a range of categories, from Black-owned, Mexican, pizzerias and Mediterranean. One thing in common is the authenticity of each restaurant.

Pizza Delicious
617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 676-8482

Pizza has to be cheesy, just the right amount of sauce and most importantly delicious. This place hits the spot every time.

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-5973

The best chargrilled oysters in New Orleans! Some like the other place known for chargrilled oysters, but this is my favorite. I’ll even wait in line too!


Dooky Chase
2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-0600

When the cook is 94 years young and still in the kitchen you have to see it for yourself. You’ll quickly fall in love with the chicken and peach cobbler and of course Mrs. Leah!


165 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 522-4504

The best for your buck Mediterranean food you’ll taste in New Orleans. 


Lil Dizzy
1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 569-8997

It’s a New Orleans favorite. If you’ve never had their buffet, you’re missing out.

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-7675

Cochon Butcher hands down has the best mac and cheese. Like the best I’ve ever tasted, anywhere. 

Casa Borrega
Address: 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 427-0654

Not only is the food tasty, but Casa Borrega is one of the only places where you can get a margarita made from Agave nectar and not from a margarita mix. It’s the real deal.